Aligarh, December 05, 2016
The Department of Economics, Aligarh Muslim University under the Global Initiative of Academic Networks (GIAN) scheme of Ministry of Human Resources and development (MHRD), held its first inaugural session on interdisciplinary course on Rural Planning and Management: Application of Remote Sensing (RS) and Geographical Information System (GIS) at Arts Faculty langue. This two weeks long course will conclude on 18th December 2016. Sponsored by MHRD, this course attracted many participants across the country and it will be conducted by renowned national and international faculties.
Speaking as the chief guest of the session, Dr. (Mrs.) Pankaj Mittal, Additional Secretary, UGC said “The main motive of the university is to empower people not only within the University but also outside the University”. She congratulated course coordinator Dr. Dastgir Alam for initiating this course and quoted Dr. Zakir Hussain saying “you need passion to start any institution and new thing”. She also briefed about her involvement in empowering rural community through innovative approach in Hariyana. Dr. Mittal reiterated her confidence that this course will bring new paradigm shift in rural management and planning process.
AMU is taking lead in the country to initiate novel courses like this that surely benefit many stakeholders associated with rural planning and management”, said Sudhakar Panda, Director, Institute of Physics, Bhubaneswar.
Dr. Khushnood Ali, Head, Research Division, African-Asian Rural Development Organization (AARDO) has delivered inaugural address. Dr. Ali said “population is increasing leaps and bounds and it has became huge challenge to the India and to the world so better utilization of resources is most important issue on researchers should focus” This course will contribute enormously to achieve larger goals of transforming rural economy, promoting micro enterprises, achieving income equity and gender equality. Dr.Ali also described the role of AARDO in promoting rural development across the world. He termed course as “novel idea” that improve quality of interdisciplinary research specially in rural India.
Mr. Sudhakar Panda, Director, Institute of Physics, Bhubaneswar delivered presidential address. He appreciated warm hospitality of AMU. He said “AMU is taking lead in the country to initiate novel courses like this that surely benefit many stakeholders associated with rural planning and management”.
Dr. Dastgir Alam, course coordinator told “this skill enhancement course has a target to train the participants for rural planning and management by using scientific knowledge and tools.” Dr. Alam emphasized that participants will get chance to interact with international faculties during the course. He also highlighted that secondary data related to monitoring corps, agriculture, and soil, resource assessment, optimal utilization of resources and forecasting suffer from many discrepancies so the use of Remote Sensing (RS) and Geographical Information System (GIS) provide accurate information.
Earlier, Prof. Shamim Ahmad Ansari, Dean, faculty of Social Sciences, AMU welcomed the guests and participants and assured the fruitful deliberations and pleasant stay throughout the course.
Prof. Nighat Ahmad, Chairperson of the department of economics presented vote of thanks. Prof. Noman Ahmad conducted the program and Dr. Shaukat Haseen facilitated guests. Research Scholars of the department presented mementos to the guests.
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